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October 19, 2017

Mareeba has many beautiful trees, with some dating back to the 1940's.

Candlebark's open day will feature a sculpture exhibition.

Open Gardens Victoria is holding an open day for two gardens near Yea next month.

On Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, Mareeba at Murrindindi and Candlebark at Limestone will be available for inspection.

Mareeba is a garden of exotic and Australian trees, with many dating back to the late 1940s.

They include a towering sequoia, dawn redwood, Mexican pine, taxodiums and a range of fine oaks, maples, elms, birches, and cedars.

Yellow box are found in the farmyard, while mahogany gums, grand melaleucas and the twisting trunks of tea tree blend well.

More trees are gradually being planted throughout the garden, chosen for their attractiveness, their ability to complement the existing garden plantings and their robustness.

However, the garden is not just about trees. Roses feature throughout the garden beds close to the house; there is a dry garden, a woodland garden where native and exotic shrubs lie beneath the sculptured trunks of the melaleucas and grevilleas; and spring bulbs, irises and foxgloves scatter colour for months.

A vegetable garden and orchard are beginning to take shape, including 16 beds of rotating crops and 40 fruit trees.

Candlebark takes its name from the giant candlebark gum that grew on the property 30 years ago.

Seed collected from the original tree has grown into the many mature candlebarks on the property today.

The 2ha garden is a mix of exotics and natives and a cottage-style garden was created close to the house, with more drought-tolerant plantings of natives elsewhere.

The north side of the house features mass plantings of callistemons, banksias, grevilleas and wattles, while an orchard was planted on the western side and a kitchen garden to the north-east, keeping the owners in good supply of fruit and vegetables.

A major expansion in 2012 saw three ponds constructed below the main dam and a lovely curving boardwalk now extends across the dam to an arboretum.

A rose garden, trellis structure for espaliered trees and a rock wall pond have been built this year.

The Mareeba and Candlebark gardens are located an easy 10-minute drive from each other.

Both properties feature productive fruit and vegetable gardens and will be offering morning and afternoon teas. Candlebark will also have plant sales and a sculpture exhibition.

Mareeba is at 1 Creeds Rd, Murrindindi (33km east of Yea) and Candlebark is at 179 Langs Rd, Limestone (11km south-east of Yea).

Both gardens will be open on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5 from 10am to 4.30pm, with a cost of $8 per garden for adults and $5 for students over 18 (children under 18 are free).

For more information and to see when other gardens are open, visit: www.opengardensvictoria.org.au

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